John Horton MCDERMID

MCDERMID, The Hon. John Horton, P.C., F.R.I.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Brampton (Ontario)
Birth Date
March 17, 1940
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McDermid
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=71c118d7-3cce-4efc-865f-821d79ecc257&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
marketing manager, public relations officer, radio announcer, television announcer

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Brampton--Georgetown (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Brampton--Georgetown (Ontario)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Brampton--Georgetown (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (November 1, 1984 - October 14, 1986)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade (October 15, 1986 - September 15, 1988)
  • Minister of State (International Trade) (September 15, 1988 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Housing) (September 15, 1988 - January 29, 1989)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Brampton (Ontario)
  • Minister of State (International Trade) (September 15, 1988 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Housing) (September 15, 1988 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Privatization and Regulatory Affairs) (January 30, 1989 - February 25, 1991)
  • Minister of State (Finance and Privatization) (February 26, 1991 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of State (Housing) (March 15, 1991 - April 20, 1991)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 1002)


June 4, 1993

Hon. John McDermid (Minister of State (Finance and Privatization)):

Madam Speaker, I agree with the hon. member that unemployment is unacceptably high. It is unacceptably high in other countries as well. The OECD ministers of finance and international trade discussed that this week at the OECD meeting. There is no disagreement on that.

The Liberal Party's idea of boosting employment is to take money and throw it at part-time, make-work projects. That is that party's policy. It has a policy where it wants the federal, provincial and municipal governments to borrow this money and throw it at part-time work to provide 10,000 or 15,000 jobs. That is not the answer to the problems we are experiencing.

People want full-time, meaningful jobs. The importance of that is to get the basics in place, which we have. We are coming out of a serious recession. Jobs will follow. The projections are that Canada will lead in employment and economic growth over the next two years. That is very important.

I have no argument with my hon. friend that unemployment is a very serious problem. However there are different ways of tackling it.

The hon. member wants this government and the people of Canada to borrow more and to throw it at make-work projects. That is their idea of stimulating the economy. It did not work in the 1980s and it will not work today.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
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June 4, 1993

Hon. John McDermid (Minister of State (Finance and Privatization)):

Madam Speaker, I want to draw to the hon. member's attention the good economic news that is coming out daily.

June 4, 1993

Oral Questions

For example, sales are up dramatically for our domestic auto makers. Just yesterday General Motors announced a third shift and that 650 more workers are to be hired. The figures for Chrysler, the company that builds its cars in Brampton, Ontario, rose 16.1 per cent. The figures for trucks are up 15.3 per cent and for cars, 17 per cent. These domestic auto makers are doing extremely well.

Capacity utilization is up strongly in our manufacturing area. Statistics Canada attributes that to our strong exports.

For the hon. member to stand up and blame the woes on the free trade agreement or other things is totally wrong.

What is happening is that the economy is recovering from a very serious recession and the recovery is very slow. However the signs are now there. Canada is going to come out of this recession much stronger than all the other OECD countries. This was just expressed this week by the OECD. It is the strongest growth not only in economic terms but in employment terms as well.

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Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
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June 4, 1993

Hon. John McDermid (Minister of State (Finance and Privatization)):

What the hon. member is saying is that Canadian producers are afraid of competition. Wrong. They are not afraid of competition at all. They are prepared to compete fairly and will compete fairly.

We grow a great product in this country. It does not need protection from the NDP or from any government. That product can be sold world-wide because it is recognized world-wide as a top product.

The hon. member is wrong. There is no question that some people disagree with this move and others support it. After weighing all the evidence that was presented, the decision was made to go with a system of choice for selling barley in North America. That is what is being contemplated.

I might remind the hon. member that there is a six-year review of this program to see, after it has had an ample opportunity to operate, if it is working well like the people who are supporting it say it will. In that six-year review we will take a look at it then.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
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June 4, 1993

Hon. John McDermid (Minister of State (Finance and Privatization)):

Unlike the New Democratic Party, the Progressive Conservative Party makes changes where changes are necessary, important and go with the changing times in the world today. The NDP are stuck way back in the past. It will always stay in the past because of those attitudes.

The minister announced yesterday that beginning on August 1 western barley producers can choose between marketing their feed and malt barley in Canada and the United States either through the Canadian Wheat Board or privately. The Canadian Wheat Board maintains the jurisdiction of barley marketing outside of North America. That gives a choice.

The hon. member stands up here trying to convince Canadians that this will be the downfall of the Canadian Wheat Board. I would like to point out to my hon. friend that barley sales from the Canadian Wheat Board account for only 1.2 per cent of the total sales.

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Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
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June 3, 1993

Mr. McDermid:

We are going to have the best job creation of all the countries of the OECD and we are going to have the best growth over the next couple of years. That is what is important to Canadians. One of these days the Liberals will wake up and realize that.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
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